When you hear people talk about getting ready for baby, things that come to mind usually include shopping for baby clothes, creating a nursery, and maybe buying a new car. In our family that phrase apparently has a different meaning. First my brother and his wife and now Jake and I have undertaken major remodeling projects as part of “getting ready for baby.” I’m sure we’re not alone in this department but at the rate we’re going baby’s arrival is going be a welcome break from the construction.
Here’s a quick peek at what we’ve been up to this summer and why the adventures have come to a screeching halt. (I promise this is only a temporary pause!)
The down and dirty:
The bathroom remodel (which started last November and actually had nothing to do with baby) is freshly tiled, the trim almost finished and except for one cabinet door and a window insert is done. This is cause for many happy dances.
Our side yard got a makeover with new sod, a hanging bed and a new fire pit. This leaves the backyard for the dogs but give us a fun place to hang out with family and friends. And it makes grass safe for bare feet. Oh yes, I have missed that so!
The former (sort-of) screened-in porch is becoming a new front room/office space. Six windows, lots of insulation and one restored wood floor later, its well on its way to being finished. Now where to put all those toys that used to live there…
Baby’s room needs brought into the 21st century. The buffalo board will get torn out, the electric rewired, new insulation installed, a window or two to replace the old, drafty ones and then sheet rocked and repainted. Although this sounds painful and time-consuming, one perk of our ancient house is all the rooms are the size of a peanut so this project should be less involved than it sounds.
And last but not least is stripping and resanding the hardwood floors. Baby’s little feet need someplace smooth to learn to walk! This has been on the list for a few years but we were hoping to have all the sheetrock replaced before this happened. Well….let’s just say plans changed! After our experience with restoring the wood floor in the front room I actually expect this to be a lot easier and faster than I ever imagined. Silverline floor sanders are genius! If you ever have to redo a wood floor I highly recommend their product.
Yes, this is a ton of work. It sounds like it to me to and I know Jake is feeling it. He’s been a rockstar, doing more than his fair share of the work. But when baby needs a safe place to grow and play this is what gets done. Stay tuned for more pics as we continue “getting ready for baby.” Who knows maybe one day we’ll even get around to shopping for baby clothes, creating a nursery and maybe buying a new car!